Silent Super 8 cinė film plus many still images (110 and 35mm film) showing LNER designed Class 306 trains, plus also some views of the near identical Class 506 trains which ran on a line in Manchester.
Especially during the first four minutes there is much information (in caption form).
Footage also includes many views inside the trains - especially near the end of the film. Also seen are some other sliding door trains from that era (LPTB, LMS) and even the former third rail Tyneside Electrics get a mention!
Much of what I filmed was solely for my own memories - the electronic mass communications and film sharing we have nowadays had not been invented in the late 1970's and early 1980's!
I was on the final tour of the 306 way back in the 90's I think and we stopped at Bow Rd:disused station for a break. During this the driver handed out a number of control keys for this stock alegedly genuine but very new-looking. I still have one. It looks like a fairly large spanner with two projecting studs.
Evocative compilation...thanks vm. I thought the trains were really made to look worse when fitted with all over yellow ends in the 60s. oOe thing I do remember about them was the extreme paucity of non-smoking seating (granted, 90% of Essex man did smoke in those days); perhaps 50% Essex girls. What colour was the original moquestte? That dark grey and white stuff depicted in the interiors was cheap and nasty BR stuff of the late 60s. As a small boy I can remember them being called green dragons; wonder why. Green rolling stock was a bit of a rarity on the GE, with plum and custard on the main line stock and dirty, faded red stained with much brake-dust on the Quints. Plus a bit of teak still on rarely-used relics Thornton Fields used to resurrect for excursions.